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[Feinsand] Khris Davis of the Athletics has been voted the winner of the 2018 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox finished second.

[Feinsand] Khris Davis of the Athletics has been voted the winner of the 2018 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox finished second.

https://twitter.com/Feinsand/status/1064958422347640832

As a baseball fan this is silly, as an A's fan I'm glad he's getting recognition.

As a baseball gods believer, this is absolutely revenge for JDM winning silver slugger in both OF and DH

that doesn't seem correct

my guess is JD played too many games in OF for the voters

Don't let this distract you from the fact the guy this award is named after isn't in the hall

[@Rangers] Adrian Beltre announces retirement

[@Rangers] Adrian Beltre announces retirement

https://twitter.com/rangers/status/1064896479138119680?s=21

Nobody talk to me today

What a career. It's easy to forget how consistently good AB was if he wasn't on your team, but damn what a great player. HOF for sure.

I literally just woke up and grabbed my phone as this notification went off

Today is already a bad day :(

Hell of a career beltre, baseball just won’t be the same and the rangers sure as hell won’t :(

Adrian Beltre

3166 H 477 HR 1151 XBH 1707 RBI 1524 R 121 SB 848 BB career .286/.339/.480 (.819 OPS/116 OPS+) 95.7 bWAR 84.0 fWAR 72.5 JAWS 3 x hit for cycle 4 x All Star 6 x Top-10 MVP finishes 5 x Gold Glove 2 x Platinum Glove 4 x Silver Slugger

Straight to Cooperstown with him.

Passan: Source: James Paxton has been traded to the New York Yankees.

Passan: Source: James Paxton has been traded to the New York Yankees.

https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1064648445825347591

Happy for the long-suffering Yankees fans. Hopefully they can finally find some peace.

Moment of Silence for our starting rotation

Wow Paxton is winning the Cy Young next year if my knowledge of how Mariner trades normally go is correct.

Oh fuck off

Baseball in the Hey Arnold! Universe

Baseball in the Hey Arnold! Universe

Baseball is woven into the fabric of the 90s Nickelodeon cartoon Hey Arnold!, created by Craig Bartlett. The show ran for 5 seasons (1996-2004), had a feature film, and just a year ago had a TV movie called The Jungle Movie that wrapped up key storylines that were left unfinished for years. The aesthetic of the show is one of diverse childhood wonder. While other cartoons of its era focused on wacky or ridiculous concepts, this show portrays a typical city neighborhood in fictional Hillwood. Through its narratives, the show spreads empathy and understanding of others in a way that doesn’t seem forced.

Throughout Hey Arnold!, we see that baseball is a key part of this community. Regular through lines are:

Fading star Mickey Kaline, a fictional player named after Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Al Kaline. He goes from aging superstar to business owner, representing some of the most nuanced ideas in the show

Quigley Field, Hillwood’s professional stadium (though the city is primarily inspired by Seattle and Brooklyn)

Kids playing ball themselves, either in the street or in abandoned areas

Here are the three main episodes that feature baseball, though there are dozens of episodes where it is referenced or shown. The episode listing is per Wikipedia, though many sources disagree about the official order of the show.

“The Vacant Lot” (Season 1, Episode 7b)

This episode speaks to baseball and its ties to community, especially between children as they play after school. Many of us on this subreddit were fortunate enough to come home from school to a neighborhood with casual games of pickup wiffleball. Hey Arnold! speaks to that culture in this episode. In it, the kids tidy up a nasty plot of land and turn it into a beautiful baseball field for their enjoyment. The next day, the adults have claimed the lot for themselves after the kids cleaned it up. Devastated, the children attempt to reclaim the territory that they restored. The episode speaks to the values of baseball, the way it can bring a community together, and the way children and adults can reach compromises. This is a masterful episode and one of my personal favorites.

“The Baseball” (Season 1, Episode 4b)

This episode asks many questions. What does it mean to retire gracefully? Should you meet your heroes? Can you hang on to superstardom? Does experience make you wise, jaded, or both? In the episode, Arnold goes to see his baseball hero Mickey Kaline in his last game ever. The announcers inform us that he has been an absolute bum in his final season, his former seasons of glory behind him. However, Mickey smacks his last Major League pitch over the fences for a home run and Arnold catches it. When everyone in his life tries to buy the ball off him, Arnold eventually heads back to Quigley Field to return the ball to Mickey. In a tear-jerking scene that hints of Field of Dreams, Arnold and his hero play catch with the ball that had such an impact on both of their lives. Kaline imparts wisdom about the game to Arnold such as knowing when to quit, not getting tied up with the approval of fans, and how to deal with superstardom. It is a near perfect episode.

“Dangerous Lumber” (Season 3, Episode 2a)

In this episode, Arnold and his grandpa bond over baseball. This time, however, the sport represents a huge frustration in Arnold’s life: he keeps accidentally hurting people every time he hits the ball. He hits players on the field and innocent bystanders alike. This episode fascinates me because we learn about the characters through the way they play baseball. Eugene is skittish and shaking, Helga and Harold are aggressive, and Arnold is strategic and well-rounded. These traits clearly translate to their personalities. This is true of most of these episodes listed here, but it is particularly prominent in this one. It is also a nice way to show generational bonding over the sport as Grandpa Phil tries to help Arnold fix his swing.

There are other episodes where the plot is set in motion by baseball.

“24 Hours to Live” (Season 1, Episode 17b) (and pilot “Arnold”)

This episode starts off with Arnold accidentally hitting Harold with a pitch. This sets in motion the rest of the episode, in which Harold threatens to kill Arnold in the next 24 hours thanks to Helga’s meddling. This was also the plot of the original pilot of the show. It is a fascinating watch, and it’s easily found online! “24 Hours to Live” is one of the many episodes in which baseball is the framework.

“Hookey” (Season 2, Episode 8b)

In “Hookey,” Arnold goes to a baseball game while he’s skipping school. He is shown on the Jumbotron, and the announcers even comment how odd it is that a kid would be at the game during school hours. Busted!

“Beaned” (Season 5, Episode 11a)

In “Beaned,” Helga gets hit with a baseball and develops amnesia. In a sitcom-like moment, she gains her memory back but decides to fake it anyway to spend more time with Arnold. Her accident during a baseball game allows Helga a “restart” button in many of her regretful relationships.

Hey Arnold! is a masterpiece of children’s programming. The use of baseball helps tell its magnificent stories. Through the sport we all love, we are made aware more deeply of the characters’ desires, pasts, and vulnerabilities. If you haven’t seen this show, I recommend watching as much of it as possible, and not just for the baseball. Watch it for the vibes of a simpler time hanging out with the kids on the block. You might not be able to play a pickup game in the street with your friends and yell “Car!” anymore, but in Hey Arnold! you can. I can’t think of a greater gift a show could offer.

One of the GOAT cartoons.

I know this is going to generate a lot of "off season shitposting is alive and well" comments, but this was a great write up about a great cartoon. I can vividly remember each one of these episodes. For whatever reason, the melancholy color palettes and smooth jazz in the show elucidate this deep nostalgia for me, and I'm always happy to be reminded that I need to revisit it.

This is the quality content I subscribe for.

A-here we go, A-here we go

ARNOLD

[Feinsand] Breaking: Kurt Suzuki has agreed to a two-year deal with the Nationals.

[Feinsand] Breaking: Kurt Suzuki has agreed to a two-year deal with the Nationals.

https://twitter.com/Feinsand/status/1064554332983578624

NOOOOOOOOO

Nats fans aren't allowed to use "The Kurt Locker".

It's the best thing I've contributed to society and it belongs to /sub/braves.

With that said, feel free to use it.

The only way I'd be happy to bring Matt Wieters back to split time is if he is splitting time between warming the left and right sides of the bench

Last week Pearce, this week Suzuki.

THE FLOOD GATES ARE STARTING TO OPEN

2018 MLB Scrabble Leaders

2018 MLB Scrabble Leaders

Let me ask you a rhetorical question: Have you ever wondered which players on your team would be worth the most on a scrabble board? What if the standings were determined not by wins and losses, but rather by scrabble score? Is Marc "Scrabble" Rzepczynski even the scrabbliest player in the scrabble club?

Wonder no longer!

Best and worst scrabble players of 2018:

Best SCRAB Team Christian Vazquez 51 BOS Hector Velazquez 50 BOS Andrew Velazquez 49 TBR Marc Rzepczynski 48 SEA/CLE Felipe Vazquez 48 PIT Jeff Samardzija 46 SFG Kevin Kaczmarski 43 NYM Kevin Quackenbush 43 CIN Jake Odorizzi 42 MIN Mike Foltynewicz 41 ATL Vince Velasquez 40 PHI Merandy Gonzalez 40 MIA Jeremy Jeffress 39 MIL Jordan Zimmermann 39 DET Jefry Rodriguez 38 WSN Seranthony Dominguez 38 PHI Andrew Vasquez 38 MIN Enrique Hernandez 38 LAD Marwin Gonzalez 38 HOU Alfredo Gonzalez 38 CHW Rob Zastryzny 38 CHC Jeremy Hellickson 37 WSN Felix Hernandez 37 SEA Junichi Tazawa 37 MIA/LAA Jarrod Saltalamacchia 37 DET JohnRyan Murphy 37 ARI Worst SCRAB Team Luis Urias 9 SDP Aaron Nola 9 PHI Dan Otero 9 CLE Trea Turner 10 WSN Luis Santos 10 TOR Ryan Rua 10 TEX Nate Orf 10 MIL Aaron Loup 11 TOR/PHI Roenis Elias 11 SEA Eric Lauer 11 SDP Matt Olson 11 OAK Luis Cessa 11 NYY Austin Dean 11 MIA Ian Krol 11 LAA Eric Stout 11 KCR Greg Allen 11 CLE Sal Romano 11 CIN Adam Eaton 12 WSN Bud Norris 12 STL Tyson Ross 12 SDP/STL Austin Slater 12 SFG Dee Gordon 12 SEA Ryan Dull 12 OAK Sean Manaea 12 OAK Seth Lugo 12 NYM Tomas Nido 12 NYM Brent Suter 12 MIL Tomas Telis 12 MIA Tim Hill 12 KCR Dan Butler 12 BOS Lane Adams 12 ATL

The standings:

ALE Min Max Total TOR Luis Santos (10) Jose Fernandez (33) 1358 BAL Luis Sardinas & Tanner Scott (13) Jimmy Yacabonis (35) 1221 (WC1) TBR Vidal Nuno & Sergio Romo (13) Andrew Velazquez (49) 1161 NYY Luis Cessa (11) Adeiny Hechavarria, Kyle Higashioka, Jordan Montgomery & Justus Sheffield (32) 1040 BOS Dan Butler (12) Christian Vazquez (51) 1037 ALC Min Max Total DET Matt Hall & Daniel Norris (13) Jordan Zimmermann (39) 1162 MIN Aaron Slegers & Miguel Sano (13) Jake Odorizzi (42) 1157 CHW Luis Avilan, Ryan Burr & Adam Engel (13) Alfredo Gonzalez (38) 1060 CLE Dan Otero (9) Marc Rzepczynski (48) 1052 KCR Eric Stout (11) Kevin McCarthy (32) 1022 ALW Min Max Total LAA Ian Krol (11) Junichi Tazawa (37) 1318 SEA Roenis Elias (11) Marc Rzepczynski (48) 1188 (WC2) OAK Matt Olson (11) Matthew Joyce (32) 1154 TEX Ryan Rua (10) Jesse Chavez (35) 1066 HOU Gerrit Cole & Ken Giles (13) Marwin Gonzalez (38) 873 NLE Min Max Total NYM Tomas Nido & Seth Lugo (12) Kevin Kaczmarski (43) 1267 ATL Lane Adams (12) Mike Foltynewicz (41) 1253 (WC1) PHI Aaron Nola (9) Vince Velasquez (40) 1112 MIA Austin Dean (11) Merandy Gonzalez (40) 1086 WSN Trea Turner (10) Jefry Rodriguez (38) 1081 NLC Min Max Total MIL Nate Orf (10) Jeremy Jeffress (39) 1186 CIN Sal Romano (11) Kevin Quackenbush (43) 1181 (WC2) CHC Alec Mills (13) Rob Zastryzny (38) 1155 PIT Colin Moran, Ivan Nova & Edgar Santana (14) Felipe Vazquez (48) 1099 STL Bud Norris & Tyson Ross (12) Jack Flaherty (34) 1019 NLW Min Max Total ARI Matt Andriese (15) JohnRyan Murphy (37) 1173 LAD Austin Barnes & Dennis Santana (14) Enrique Hernandez (38) 1143 SFG Austin Slater (12) Jeff Samardzija (46) 1079 SDP Luis Urias (9) Kazuhisa Makita & Travis Jankowski (36) 1055 COL Nolan Arenado (13) German Marquez (36) 909

Playoff Bracquette

ALSS1: TOR vs. BAL/SEA

ALSS2: LAA vs. DET

NLSS1: NYM vs. ATL/CIN

NLSS2: MIL vs. ARI

interesting the Red Sox have the best player but are in last place, now I know how the angels feel

now I know how the angels feel

Oh, good, I was worried I wouldn't feel personally attacked this morning.

Problem with this is Scrabble doesn't have unlimited letters, most importantly there's only 1 Z. So many of these top names aren't scrabbly at all. I think Mike Foltynewicz has the most points with a legal name

I'd like to get my flair un-faded based on the above data please.

edit: nevermind. re-fade me fam.

What the Marlins Rebrand Could've Been...

What the Marlins Rebrand Could've Been...

The Heat Miami Vice jerseys flew off the shelves. If the Marlins did something more like this, they'd be awesome.

A E S T H E T I C

For anyone wondering

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=heat+miami+vice+jersey&t=ffocus&iax=images&ia=images

This is the first time I saw these and they look amazing. I like pink, it would be so unique and recognizable.

V A P O R F I S H

No thanks, I'll keep my health.

No thanks, I'll keep my health.

I hear it is about as flat as their bullpen

Low on sugar AND run support?

Don’t forget to go to their website and enter in the code on the bottom of the cap. You could win a 10-day trip to the DL!

Delete this.

Earnshaw Cook says the use of openers wins games (from his 1964 book "Percentage Baseball")

Earnshaw Cook says the use of openers wins games (from his 1964 book "Percentage Baseball")

He's essentially saying if you're not more than 4 runs ahead, the pitcher should never bat. Pretty interesting take and way ahead of its time.

this made me think about the game moving towards 12-man bullpens and a set 3-4 guys pitch every third day (and a few others sprinkled in).

the major concern would obviously be extra inning games and lack of positional bench depth, but i guess you would just play the odds and bet on not going into extras often. and if you did you would just use position players to pitch.

This is as cool as that write-in blurb from a paper from the 1890s that talks about the optimum angle at which to hit a baseball.

Wow, this is really, really awful math, and Cook isn't even introducing an opener for the reasons that teams actually use an opener.

Earnshaw Cook claims that a team might score 113 more runs over the course of a season by not allowing a pitcher to bat. Last year, the difference between the average AL team in scoring and the average NL team in scoring was just 26 runs. Even if you assume that the NL uses more pinch hitters now than they did in previous years, in the first year of the designated hitter, 1973, that difference was just 21 runs - so we're not far off from the run environment that Crook is discussing, and we're not even 1/4th of the way there.

You'd have to have an extreme difference between the skill of an average pinch hitter and an average pitcher hitting to get anywhere close to this. Let's say that an average pitcher hits for a .200 wOBA. Over the course of a 162 game season, the #9 spot receives ~600 PA on average, so by wRAA, an average pitcher is worth about -60 runs below average over the course of a full season (assuming no pinch hitters). An average pinch hitter usually hits for a .300 wOBA, so that's about -15 runs below average from the pinch-hitting spot. So even if every single pitcher hit for themselves in every AB, we're at maybe 45 runs. When you consider the frequency of pinch hitters and the fact that the #9 spot comes to the plate with runners on base almost the least frequently of any other batting spot (I think only the leadoff spot is worse), Cook starts to sound absolutely fucking nuts. This is all back-of-the-napkin, ballpark calculations, but we're still nowhere close to Cook's numbers at all.

"The Opener" was used most notably by the AL team the Tampa Bay Rays - a team with a designated hitter. They don't need to care about scoring more runs with this strategy, even though you might be able to squeeze maybe 15 more runs out of your lineup with this strategy with an NL team. The point of the opener is that relievers will generally be of higher quality than a starter by virtue of throwing fewer innings, so by bringing them into the game to start, you have a better matchup against the most dangerous part of the lineup and you throw off the top of the lineup's timing. Cook mentions none of this! He doesn't even mention the effects of having a reliever open the game! He just plunges forward without any concerns as to the other effects of his strategy.

There's a reason Bill James said, "Cook knew everything about statistics and nothing at all about baseball" - because his methodology was absolute garbage! Cook has some semblance of a decent idea here, but he dramatically overstates its potential impact and ignores any other impacts or effects. Cook stumbled upon the opener thanks to some bad math and promoted it for all the wrong reasons. There's no reason to give Cook credit for "the opener" at all.

Try one of these subthreads